Racial Inequalities in Birth

Recently, on what would have been the 89th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., we celebrated a national holiday. It is a day to reflect on the changes he brought forth as well as how far we still need to go as a nation. 

This year I read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, an eye-opening book which, for me, really highlighted the long standing racial inequalities in medical care in the United States. And just today, I read an article recounting the birth experience of famed tennis player, Serena Williams, which also linked to this article.

Indeed, the public data highlights that when it comes to death and disease, from cancer to blood disorders to postpartum complications, the American medical system has a stubborn and long-standing racial gap.

This is unacceptable. We need to do better. As someone working in the birth industry, I hope to personally see changes in care.